High School Volleyball: Carthage opens District 17-4A game with center sweep | Sports


CARTHAGE — Sophomore volleyball player Daniela Farias took serve early in the first set, and it really wasn’t worth noting at first.

Then Farias won a point, then another point and another and another – to the point where it became a question of how long she and the Carthage Lady Bulldogs volleyball team could go on.

Turns out Farias was able to serve up 20 straight points to close out the first set, and it was all Carthage from there as they swept the visiting center 25-4, 25-20, 25-19 in District 17-4A of both teams. opening on Friday.

“I’ve never seen a girl continuously stay there and serve like that,” Carthage senior Mara Hodges said of Farias. “We had to cool his arm, he was on fire. It was very impressive.

Hodges, along with Jacie Bagley, led the Lady ‘Dawgs with nine wins apiece, and Hodges added five digs. Ryleigh Green had five kills, Talynn Williams 11 digs, Farias six digs with four aces, setter Emily Bitter had 20 kills, five kills with three digs and Reagan Beatty contributed with five assists.

Carthage looked like a very different team to the last time they took to the court on August 30, when they lost in four sets to Marshall in their home opener.

“We came back and watched the movie against Marshall, and we made 63 mistakes,” Carthage coach Alicia Stewart said. “I said, ‘Guys, we’re not going to beat a seventh-year B team like this.’ Let’s really focus on our side, don’t try to be heroes, keep the ball in play and give our defense a chance.

“We did a really good job tonight and some people really stepped up.”

The Lady ‘Dawgs were playing so well that Stewart was able to rest the team leader by killing Ja’Kyra Roberts, who is not yet 100% after spraining his ankle against Marshall most of the game.

Roberts came on midway through the third set after not playing the previous two.

Bagley took Roberts’ place and, to the delight of the team, was very successful.

“Jacie Bagley came in big,” Stewart said. “She’s really coming and we’re really excited about it. Overall, it was a great way to start the district and they gave Ja’Kyra a few more days to get healthy.

After Farias’ hot knife through the first set of butter, the Lady ‘Dawgs battled against the Lady Riders.

The center did not allow Carthage to escape until the last points of the second set. Carthage built their lead to 11-6 and 14-9 before Center leveled at 16-16, 17-17 and 18-18 before the Lady ‘Dawgs won seven of the final nine points in the set.

“We started off shaky and didn’t play like we did in the first set,” Williams said of the second and third sets. “But I think we got together as a team and started playing better. We are definitely growing as a team.

The third set was tied at 12-12 before Addison Rowe took serve and won four straight service points. Carthage would not allow another tie the rest of the game.

The center reduced the deficit to one at 16-15 and 17-16, but Carthage did not give in further.

The Lady ‘Dawgs were happy to start district play on a high note as they look to make it five straight district championships.

“It’s so great and sets the bar for how much we can improve and how well we did today,” Hodges said. “We can definitely feel the difference in this game. We played more as a team this game and everyone had energy.

Carthage will visit Henderson on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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